Leadership is character in action.
I am quite a slow writer. I can only work under pressure; I wait until the last minute.
For me, hearing the term 'apply yourself' was like a crucifix to Bella Lugosi's Dracula. 'Ahhh, it burns!'
My absolute favorite song I've ever written is "This Is Where We Came In." It's a nudge at younger listeners, cause at one time you could go into a cinema halfway through a film and then stay through and pick up where you left off.
If I have any claim to originality, I do it by investing my own personality into it, so it's coming from a slightly more sardonic, English point of view.
I'm conscious enough that how I'm singing is not my own accent.
If I sang the way I talk it would sound like "Tommy Steele sings Muddy Waters!"
Because I'm English, I try not to make any purely American references, because I want to limit how much I'm pretending to be American.
I get influenced by stuff that isn't even music.
It's when you are trying to make something that is "authentic" as opposed to real - people who appreciate music for the wrong reasons tend to compartmentalize stuff.
If you are approaching the music with more reverence than the original guys invested into it, you are effectively doing it a disservice.
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